roll over

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roll over (third-person singular simple present rolls over, present participle rolling over, simple past and past participle rolled over)

  1. (intransitive) To make a rolling motion or turn.
    The SUV rolled completely over.
    • 1921 June, Margery Williams, “The Velveteen Rabbit: Or How Toys Become Real”, in Harper’s Bazar, volume LVI, number 6 (2504 overall), New York, N.Y.: International Magazine Company, →ISSN, →OCLC:
      That night, and for many nights after, the Velveteen Rabbit slept in the Boy’s bed. At first he found it rather uncomfortable, for the Boy hugged him very tight, and sometimes he rolled over on him, and sometimes he pushed him so far under the pillow that the Rabbit could scarcely breathe.
  2. (transitive) To cause a rolling motion or turn.
    The mob rolled the SUV completely over.
  3. (intransitive or transitive, usually followed by to) To give in to.
    He doesn't meekly roll over to all her demands.
    I'm not going to roll over this time.
    • 2022 March 1, Joe Biden, State of the Union Address:
      Six days ago, Russia's Vladimir Putin sought to shake the very foundations of the free world, thinking he could make it bend to his menacing ways. But he badly miscalculated. He thought he could roll into Ukraine and the world would roll over. Instead, he met with a wall of strength he never anticipated or imagined. He met the Ukrainian people.
  4. (transitive) To easily overwhelm; to steamroller; to brush aside.
    • 2021 March 10, Drachinifel, 23:45 from the start, in Guadalcanal Campaign - The Big Night Battle: Night 1 (IJN 3(?) : 2 USN)[1], archived from the original on 7 November 2022:
      Thus, the bombardment mission was still possible to accomplish, since, on the U.S. Navy's side, both admirals were dead and only Helena and Fletcher stood any chance in further combat. Abe's remaining forces should've been able to roll straight over them, destroy Henderson Field, and the troop landings would be completed without any further interference.
  5. To reinvest funds from a maturing financial security in the same or similar investment.
  6. To reinvest funds from a lottery into a subsequent one, because nobody won it.
  7. (transitive, computing) To move the cursor over.
    • 2004, Shaowen Bardzell, Jeffrey Bardzell, Macromedia Studio MX 2004:
      In this task, you'll revisit the button symbol so that it reacts when the user rolls over it.
  8. (intransitive) To increment, especially back to an initial value.
    • 2001, Mark Lutz, Programming Python: Object-Oriented Scripting:
      [] to check if the system time has rolled over to the next second.
    • 2005, Michael Koryta, Tonight I Said Goodbye:
      The dashboard clock rolled over to midnight, and a song lyric popped into my head: lonely midnight drivers, drifting out to sea.